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ASPCA Arrests Woman for Abandoning Dog at Local Park

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:30am
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How can anyone just abandon a dog? We may never fully understand the motives behind such senseless acts—especially when there are so many options—but that is exactly what Patricia Reddick allegedly did to her one-year-old Spaniel mix, Marley.

On June 23, a passerby came across Marley tied to a fence in a park. The concerned person called Animal Care & Control, whose officers picked up the dog and took her to their Manhattan facility. Shortly thereafter, our team was notified and we transferred the skinny and dehydrated pup to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for immediate treatment.

“Marley was left to fend for herself, which, in addition to being illegal, is a violation of the trust your pet puts in you,” says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “Thankfully for Marley, a Good Samaritan saw her and contacted the appropriate authorities— she will now have an opportunity to find a loving home.”

Reddick was charged with one count of abandoning an animal, a misdemeanor offense. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Bronx Criminal Court on November 20. Marley is recovering at the hospital and will soon be made available for adoption.

If you feel you can no longer care for your pet, please check out these important tips first. And remember, animal cruelty is a crime in every state—if you see something, call 911. Please join our battle against animal cruelty today!

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krista

Lock her up and throw away the key.

Lisa Weaver

Sadly this happens quite often,they will leave cats at the local shelter here at the back door with no note or anything!I guess they are desperate?I don't know....I have 3 cats and a dog which are all from the shelter or were rescued.I could never abandon any of them,ever!!They trust us,and to do something like this,is just awful!There was a pup found on a trail where I live by some hikers,someone had left it in a box!Thankfully it was still alive,and brought to the shelter,and adopted by a loving family!You wonder what people are thinking!

lori molina

It could b worse, at least they made it to the shelter. My neighbor rescued a 2month old puppy today that was tossed from a car window, into her yard like garbage. With 4dogs we had no room for another animal, but we did have lots of toys, leashes, pet carriers, and needed supplies to make it easier for the neighbor who has taken her in and given her a good home.

Theresa Walter

She will probably get just a slap on the wrist and nothing more. I am a volunteer for the Giles County Animal Rescue and Shelter. We are a proud bunch of people that try to find homes for rescue and homless animals. We work very hard to make sure that we do everything possible to help the animals. Unfortunely we are a kill shelter. We are working hard to no being one but what more can I say. I am proud to be apart of this organization. My dog actually come from this shelter. She is a Black Lab that someone surrendered. I would take nothing for her. She is my shadow just about everywhere I go.

Dottie

I don't understand why people do this. She could have surrendered the dog at a shelter instead of leaving it in a park. A month ago my daughter was driving on a country backroad and a dog ran out in front of her. She didn't hit her but my daughter stopped to make sure the dog was ok. She was very under weight and had over 200 ticks on her. My daughter brought her home. My husband and daughter sat in the garage until 1:30 am picking ticks and hitting them with a hammer. We tried to locate an owner but knew we would not find one. This dog has obviously been abused. After a week, I took her to the vet and had her checked for a microchip. When none was found, I got her spayed, all of her shots, and meds for an ear infection. Even though she was not housebroken, we kept her inside and would literally have to drag her out of the house and stay with her while she went potty or she would panic. We have a pet door but she would not use it. It has been over a month now and until yesterday Dori would not go outside unless made to. She is just now feeling comfortable enough that she goes out alone and stays for long periods of time exploring the yard. We found out Dori is a pure bred Coon Hound. She is sweet, loving, and gentle. She is now one of our 4 rescue dogs and I wouldn't give any of them up.

Dottie

I don't understand why people do this. She could have surrendered the dog at a shelter instead of leaving it in a park. A month ago my daughter was driving on a country backroad and a dog ran out in front of her. She didn't hit her but my daughter stopped to make sure the dog was ok. She was very under weight and had over 200 ticks on her. My daughter brought her home. My husband and daughter sat in the garage until 1:30 am picking ticks and hitting them with a hammer. We tried to locate an owner but knew we would not find one. This dog has obviously been abused. After a week, I took her to the vet and had her checked for a microchip. When none was found, I got her spayed, all of her shots, and meds for an ear infection. Even though she was not housebroken, we kept her inside and would literally have to drag her out of the house and stay with her while she went potty or she would panic. We have a pet door but she would not use it. It has been over a month now and until yesterday Dori would not go outside unless made to. She is just now feeling comfortable enough that she goes out alone and stays for long periods of time exploring the yard. We found out Dori is a pure bred Coon Hound. She is sweet, loving, and gentle. She is now one of our 4 rescue dogs and I wouldn't give any of them up.

LR

Did I miss something? there is a HUGE gap between someone finding this dog and the conclusion that Patricia did it. I don't see that part of the story in the article..did my computer delete part of the information???

Lori Molina

It is hard to believe, but aparrently it has become a common occurrence. Just today someone drove by and tossed a puppy out of the window like a sack of garbage. The neighbor was unable to make out the tag number of the vehicle, however with several of us banding together, that little cutie is now in a safe loving environment with a full stomach and a warm bed. If a person does not want another mouth to feed, they should spay or neuter their animal. People who abandon their animals, leaving them to die, should be in jail!!!

Sheryl

Hi! There is a pic floating around FB of man forcing a bottle of VODKA down a yellow Labrador Retriever puppy's throat!!! I have downloaded a copy to my phone This clearly is abuse. Can you get the media to get involved to find this criminal! This dog needs the power and protection of a national organization like yours, as I have no idea where this photo was taken, but somebody does. And get the word out that alcohol and drugs will kill an animal as it would children! This is not humorous.

Sandra

So if you have a dog you never asked for that just hangs around your house, that you can't afford to feed, that you don't want, what the hell are you supposed to do? You take it to the humane society, there they tell you that they either won't accept it because they have no room for it or they tell you that you have to pay a 250$ fee to leave it with them. So then you try animal control that tell you that it's your dog now since you've "touched it" and that since it isn't aggressive or being neglected they won't take it. So then you place an ad in the paper for a free dog that no-one answers. So then you dump the dog. Just trying to explain how this happens. If you want less dumping than there needs to be FREE places where people can leave unwanted animals day or night with-out being persecuted.

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